Our Clergy

Father Dewayne Messenger

Bishop Rafael Adams

Brother Ray Knapp

Our Clergy


Father Dewayne Messenger



  • - Pastor, Parish Church of St. Jerome’s
  • - Part-time Supply Pastor, Incarnation Lutheran Church, Reading, PA (2011–2014)
  • - Board of Directors, Co County Wellness Service (2010-2014)
  • - Chaplain Associate, Reading Hospital (2009-2010)
  • - Rector of All Souls Ecumenical Church (April 2009 - July 2014)
  • - Ordained as a Priest (August 2009)
  • - Ordained as a Deacon (March 2009)
  • - Master of Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary (2007)
  • - Bachelor’s degree with a core concentration in Religious and Psychological Studies from George Mason University (2003)
  • -Served as Chaplain Fellow for Capital Hospice/Capital Palliative Care at INVOA Fairfax Hospital (2008-2009)
  • - Served as a Chaplain Resident at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center (2007-2008)
  • - Served as a Seminarian at Christ Church, Reading (2005-2008)
  • - Served as Seminarian at All Souls Memorial Parish, Washington, DC (2006-2007)
  • - Served as Chaplain Intern at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD (2005)
  • - Served as Volunteer Chaplain at INOVA Alexandria Hospital (2004–2005)
  • - Served on the Vestry at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC (2003-2004)
  • - Served as Acolyte Coordinator, Verger, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and provided Pastoral Care at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church (1999-2005)
  • - Served as head of Acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Guild; was a Circle (Cell Group Ministry) Leader and Coach at Cathedral of Hope, Dallas, TX (1989-1999)

Brother Raymond Francis Knapp, ofr



  • - Assistant to the Bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of Mid-America (ECC) (2016-pres)
  • - Deacon, Parish Church of St. Jerome (2014-pres)
  • - Assistant to the Vicar of the Midwest Region of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) (2014-2016)
  • - Deacon, All Souls Ecumenical Catholic Church (2013-2014)
  • - Ordained Permanent Deacon (May 2013)
  • - Professed, ECC Franciscans of Reconciliation (ofr) (2012)
  • - ECC House of Laity Steering Committee & Finance Committee (2011 – 2013)
  • - Founding Coordinator, Holy Cross Franciscan Community (ofr), Reading PA (2010-2014)
  • - Served on the Founding Church Council, All Souls Ecumenical Catholic Church, Reading PA (2009-2012)
  • - Colonel (Retired), United States Air Force (1975-2010)
  • - Advanced Graduate Certificate in Franciscan Studies, St. Bonaventure University, NY (2016)
  • - Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington DC (1996)
  • - Master of Management Information Systems, University of Dallas, Dallas TX (1992)
  • - Graduate, Education for Ministry (EfM), The School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee TN (1991)
  • - Master of Business Administration, University of Wyoming, Cheyenne WY (1984)
  • - Bachelor of Business Administration, Loyola University, Baltimore MD (1980)

The Rt. Rev. Raphael Adams, ofr

Diocesan Bishop - Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of Mid-America

The Right Reverend Raphael Adams serves as our Diocesan Bishop. Bishop Rafe lives in Chicago, IL.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Rick Hollingsworth

Associate Clergy - Bishop Emeritus

The Right Reverend Dr. Rick Hollingsworth was ordained to the Priesthood in 1995 and became the founding Pastor of the Parish Church of St. Jerome in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was elected and Consecrated Bishop of the Ecumenical Anglican Church in 2004.

In 2009, the Ecumenical Anglican Church merged with the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. Bishop Hollingsworth assists with Episcopal duties as needed by the ECC.

Bishop Hollingsworth is a graduate of Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College and has a BSN from the University of Tulsa. He earned a Master of Science in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a graduate of St. Albans Theological Seminary and The Anglican Institute for Affirmative Christian Studies. In 2007, he earned his Doctor of Ministry from The Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Indiana with an emphasis in Grief and Loss and Bi-vocational Ministry.

Having over 30 years of experience in Healthcare Management and Education, and for the last 15 years in Hospice and End of Life Care, Bishop Hollingsworth serves as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Tulsa Community College.